Sending this text will kill someone’s iOS Messages app – so, you know, don’t do it.
A popular iPhone hacker has discovered a way to permanently kill the Messages app of another iOS user.
The YouTuber Vincedes3 (EverythingApplePro) discovered that sending a vCard overloaded with code will crash the Messages app in iPhones running iOS 8 and up.
The vCard , which is traditionally used to exchange contact information with another user, features a whopping 14,281 lines of code and once tapped by the user renders the messages app useless (via ).
Not even a reboot of the app or the phone itself can solve the problem, which for those without the savvy to knowledge to fix the issue could knacker the iPhone completely.
Because the iPhone always tries to open the last received message first, attempting to reload the app doesn’t work.
Thankfully there is a way toif you’ve sent or received the harmful card, which Vincedes3 explains too.
He has provided a link in Safari that can restore messages functionality.
Alternately, you can send yourself a message and then open it with Siri in order to move the exploit down the list of messages received and thus rending the exploit ineffective.